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Title history

# Team Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Kengo Kimura &
Tatsumi Fujinami
1 December 12, 1985 236 Sendai, Japan Live event Kimura and Fujinami defeated Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi in a tournament final to become the first champions.
2 Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido 1 August 5, 1986 49 Tokyo, Japan Burning Spirit in Summer
3 Kengo Kimura (2) & Tatsumi Fujinami (2) 2 September 23, 1986 135 Tokyo, Japan Challenge Spirit 1986
Vacated February 5, 1987 NA NA The championship was vacated when Kimura and Fujinami split up.
4 Keiji Mutoh & Shiro Koshinaka 1 March 20, 1987 6 Tokyo, Japan Spring Flare Up 1987 Koshinaka and Mutoh defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
5 Akira Maeda (2) & Nobuhiko Takada 1 March 26, 1987 159 Osaka, Japan Inoki Toukon Live II
6 Kazuo Yamazaki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 September 1, 1987 139 Fukuoka, Japan Sengoku Battle Series 1987
7 Kengo Kimura (3) & Tatsumi Fujinami (3) 3 January 18, 1988 144 Takuyama, Japan New Year Golden Series 1988
8 Masa Saito & Riki Chōshū 1 June 10, 1988 282 Hiroshima, Japan IWGP Champion Series 1988
9 George Takano & Super Strong Machine 1 March 19, 1989 116 Yokohama, Japan Big Fight Series
10 Riki Chōshū (2) & Takayuki Iizuka 1 July 13, 1989 69 Tokyo, Japan Live event
11 Masa Saito (2) & Shinya Hashimoto 1 September 20, 1989 219 Osaka, Japan Bloody Fight Series 1989: Super Power Battle in Osaka
12 Masahiro Chono & Keiji Mutoh (2) 1 April 27, 1990 189 Tokyo, Japan Live event
13 Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki 1 November 1, 1990 55 Tokyo, Japan Dream Tour 1990
14 Hiro Saito & Super Strong Machine (2) 1 December 26, 1990 70 Hamamatsu, Japan King of Kings
15 Hiroshi Hase (2) & Kensuke Sasaki (2) 2 March 6, 1991 15 Nagasaki, Japan Big Fight Series 1991
16 The Steiner Brothers
(Scott Steiner & Rick Steiner)
1 March 21, 1991 229 Tokyo, Japan Starrcade 1991 in Tokyo Dome The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
17 Hiroshi Hase (3) & Keiji Mutoh (3) 1 November 5, 1991 117 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo 3Days Battle Scott Norton substituted for an injured Scott Steiner in this match.
18 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader & Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
1 March 1, 1992 117 Yokohama, Japan Big Fight Series 1992: New Japan Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Show
19 The Steiner Brothers
(Scott Steiner & Rick Steiner)
2 June 26, 1992 149 Tokyo, Japan Masters of Wrestling The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
20 Scott NortonTony Halme 1 November 22, 1992 222 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling Scramble 1992: Battle Zone Space I
21 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior & Power Warrior (3))
1 December 14, 1992 234 Tokyo, Japan Battle Final 1992
22 The Jurassic Powers
(Hercules Hernandez & Scott Norton (2))
1 August 5, 1993 152 Tokyo, Japan G1 Climax 1993
23 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior (2) & Power Warrior (4))
2 January 4, 1994 325 Tokyo, Japan Battlefield
24 Hiroshi Hase (4) & Keiji Mutoh (4) 2 November 25, 1994 162 Iwate, Japan NJPW Battle Final 1994
Vacated 01995-05-06May 6, 1995


NA NA The title was vacated by Mutoh after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
25 Cho-Ten
(Masahiro Chono (2) & Hiroyoshi Tenzan)
1 June 10, 1995 27 Osaka, Japan Fighting Spirit Legend Tenzan and Chono defeated Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant championship.
Vacated July 7, 1995 NA NA The title was vacated when Chono missed a title defense due to his father's death.
26 Junji Hirata (3) & Shinya Hashimoto (2) 1 July 13, 1995 335 Sapporo, Japan Best of the Super Jr. II Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Mike Enos and Scott Norton to win the vacant championship.
27 Kazuo Yamazaki (2) & Takashi Iizuka(2) 1 June 12, 1996 34 Osaka, Japan NJPW Best of the Super Jr. III - Night 18
28 Cho-Ten
(Masahiro Chono (3) & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2))
2 July 16, 1996 172 Sapporo, Japan Summer Struggle 1996
29 Kengo Kimura (4) and Tatsumi Fujinami (4) 4 January 4, 1997 98 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World 1997
30 Kensuke Sasaki (5) and Riki Chōshū (3) 1 April 12, 1997 21 Tokyo, Japan NJPW Battle Formation 1997
31 The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima)
1 May 3, 1997 99 Osaka, Japan Strong Style Evolution in Osaka Dome
32 Kazuo Yamazaki (3) & Kensuke Sasaki (6) 1 August 10, 1997 70 Nagoya, Japan The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome
33 Keiji Mutoh (5) & Masahiro Chono (4) 2 October 19, 1997 184 Kobe, Japan nWo Typhoon 1997
Vacated April 21, 1998 NA NA The title was vacated due to Mutoh having surgery on his knee.
34 Cho-Ten
(Masahiro Chono (5) & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3))
3 June 5, 1998 40 Tokyo, Japan Live event Tenzan and Chono defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
35 Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka (2) 1 July 15, 1998 173 Sapporo, Japan Summer Struggle 1998
36 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) & Satoshi Kojima (2))
1 January 4, 1999 77 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World 1999
37 Kensuke Sasaki (7) & Shiro Koshinaka 1 March 22, 1999 97 Amagasaki, Japan Hyper Battle 1999
38 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara & Tatsutoshi Goto)
1 June 27, 1999 62 Shizuoka, Japan Summer Struggle 1999
39 Manabu Nakanishi (2) & Yuji Nagata 1 August 28, 1999 327 Shizuoka, Japan Jingu Climax
40 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (5) & Satoshi Kojima (3))
2 July 20, 2000 430 Tokyo, Japan Summer Struggle 2000
41 Osamu Nishimura & Tatsumi Fujinami (5) 1 September 23, 2001 35 Osaka, Japan G1 World 2001
42 BATT
(Keiji Mutoh (6) & Taiyō Kea)
1 October 28, 2001 97 Fukuoka, Japan Survival 2001: Fighting Destination in Fukuoka
Vacated February 2, 2002 NA NA The title was vacated due to Mutoh leaving NJPW.
43 Cho-Ten
(Masahiro Chono (6) & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6))
4 March 24, 2002 446 Hyōgo, Japan Hyper Battle 2002 Tenzan and Chono defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
44 Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yutaka Yoshie 1 June 13, 2003 184 Tokyo, Japan Crush
45 Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7) & Osamu Nishimura (2) 1 December 14, 2003 49 Nagoya, Japan Battle Final 2003
46 Minoru Suzuki & Yoshihiro Takayama 1 February 1, 2004 294 Sapporo, Japan Fighting Spirit 2004
Vacated November 21, 2004 NA NA The title was vacated due to Takayama being sidelined with an injury.
47 Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) & Shinsuke Nakamura 1 December 11, 2004 323 Osaka, Japan Battle Final 2004 Tanahashi and Nakamura defeated Kensuke Sasaki & Minoru Suzuki to win the vacant title.
48 Cho-Ten
(Masahiro Chono (7) & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8))
5 October 30, 2005 325 Kobe, Japan Toukon Series 2005
Vacated September 20, 2006 NA NA NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Chono & Tenzan of the title after Chono & Tenzan ceased teaming.
49 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi (3) & Takao Ōmori)
1 September 28, 2006 164 Sapporo, Japan Circuit2006 Final: Next Progress A provisional tag team title was created on July 2, 2006 when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity; Shiro Koshinaka and Togi Makabe were the first champions. Nakanishi & Ōmori were recognized as the official champions on September 28, 2006 after they won the Provisional Tag Team Championship on July 17, 2006.
50 RISE
(Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko)
1 March 11, 2007 343 Nagoya, Japan New Japan Pro Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Circuit 2007 New Japan Evolution: New Japan Cup 2007
51 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe & Toru Yano)
1 February 17, 2008 322 Tokyo, Japan Circuit2008 New Japan Ism
52 Team 3D
(Brother Ray & Brother Devon)
1 January 4, 2009 198 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome
53 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams)
1 July 21, 2009 89 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact This was a tables match that aired on the July 30, 2009 episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!. NJPW did not sanction the match, nor initially recognize nor sanction the title change until August 10.
54 Team 3D
(Brother Ray & Brother Devon)
2 October 18, 2009 78 Irvine, California Bound for Glory (2009) This was a four-way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. and Booker T & Scott Steiner and was contested also for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which was won by The British Invasion.
55 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro Takahashi)
1 January 4, 2010 119 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome This was a three-way hardcore match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson).
56 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue & Yuji Nagata (2))
1 May 3, 2010 47 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2010 This was a three-way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson).
57 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard (2) & Karl Anderson)
1 June 19, 2010 564 Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.19 This was a three-way elimination match, which also included No Limit (Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro Takahashi).
58 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (9) & Satoshi Kojima (4))
3 January 4, 2012 120 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome
59 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka (3) & Toru Yano (2))
1 May 3, 2012 44 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2012
Vacated June 20, 2012 NA NA Iizuka and Yano were stripped of the title, after a title match between them and Ten-Koji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) on June 16 ended in a no contest.
60 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (10) & Satoshi Kojima (5))
4 July 22, 2012 78 Yamagata, Japan Kizuna Road Tenzan and Kojima defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) to win the vacant title.
61 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer)
1 October 8, 2012 207 Tokyo, Japan King of Pro-Wrestling
62 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (11) & Satoshi Kojima (6))
5 May 3, 2013 190 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2013 This was a four-way match, which also included Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man).
63 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer)
2 November 9, 2013 56 Osaka, Japan Power Struggle This was the second fall of a two-fall three-way tornado tag team match which also included The IronGodz (Jax Dane & Rob Conway).
64 Bullet Club
(Karl Anderson (2) & Doc Gallows)
1 January 4, 2014 365 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome
65 Meiyu Tag
(Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata)
1 January 4, 2015 38 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome
66 Bullet Club
Karl Anderson (3) & (Doc Gallows (2))
2 February 11, 2015 53 Osaka, Japan The New Beginning in Osaka
67 The Kingdom
(Michael Bennett & Matt Taven)
1 April 5, 2015 91 Tokyo, Japan Invasion Attack 2015
68 Bullet Club
Karl Anderson (4) & (Doc Gallows (3))
3 July 5, 2015 183 Osaka, Japan Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall
69 G.B.H.
(Togi Makabe (2) & Tomoaki Honma)
1 January 4, 2016 97 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome
70 Guerrillas Of Destiny
(Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa)
1 April 10, 2016 70 Tokyo, Japan NJPW Invasion Attack 2016
71 Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe)
1 June 19, 2016 113 Osaka, Japan
72 Guerrillas Of Destiny
(Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa)
2 October 10, 2016 86 Tokyo, Japan King of Pro-Wrestling
73 Chaos
(Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (3))
1 January 4, 2017 61 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom XI in Tokyo Dome This was a three-way match, which also included G.B.H. (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma).
74 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (12) & Satoshi Kojima (7))
1 March 6, 2017 43 Tokyo, Japan Hataage Kinenbi
75 War Machine
(Hanson & Raymond Rowe)
1 April 9, 2017 63 Tokyo, Japan Sakura Genesis 2017
76 Guerrillas Of Destiny
(Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa)
3 June 11, 2017 20 Osaka, Japan NJPW Dominion 6.11
77 War Machine
(Hanson & Raymond Rowe)
2 July 1, 2017 85 Long Beach, California G1 Special in USA It was a No Disqualification Match
78 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer)
3 September 24, 2017 102 Kobe, Japan Destruction in Kobe This was a 3-Way Tornado Tag Team Match, which also included Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa).
79 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(EVIL & Sanada)
1 January 4, 2018 156 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 12
80 Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
1 June 9, 2018 113 Osaka, Japan NJPW Dominion 6.9.18 In Osaka-Jo Hall
81 Guerrillas Of Destiny
(Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa)
4 September 30, 2018 96 Long Beach, California NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed
82 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(EVIL & Sanada)
2 January 4, 2019 50 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 13 This was a 3-Way Match, which also included Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson).
83 Guerrillas Of Destiny
(Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa)
5 February 23, 2019 178+ Tokyo, Japan ROH-NJPW Honor Rising: Japan 2019 - Night 2
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